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Ice Damming

Ice Damming

Ice damming occurs when snow on the roof melts and flows to the eaves, where it refreezes, forming a dam of ice. The trapped water can then back up under the shingles, causing leaks, damage to the roof deck, etc. The leading causes of this are improper ventilation or insulation in the attic. This can cause the loft to be too warm, which melts the snow on the roof, even when the outside temperature is below freezing.

While proper ventilation and insulation can help prevent this issue, it is only sometimes possible to eliminate the problem, especially in areas prone to heavy snowfall. In those cases, installing heat coils in ice dam-prone regions of the roof can help prevent ice dam formation.

The most proactive solution is to have your attic inspected and, if necessary, install heat coils. However, if you notice them currently, the only safe way to remove them is with a steamer machine. This machine uses low-pressure high-temp steam, as high-pressure water can damage shingles.

Another critical aspect of preventing ice damming is using an ice and water barrier beneath the shingles. Most contractors install one row (3ft) along the eaves and valleys, which is often insufficient. At Brookens Construction, we install a minimum of 24 inches inside the interior, heated wall, which is almost always two rows or 6ft installed on all eaves. We also install a row on the rake ends, as recommended by shingle manufacturers.

In conclusion, by understanding the causes, taking proactive measures such as proper ventilation and insulation, and implementing recommended solutions, you can protect your home from the devastating effects of ice damming.

Brooke Sumner Avatar
Michael with Brookens was wonderful to work with in maneuvering a roof replacement due to hail damage. He was very attentive and knowledgeable. I appreciated his patience in answering all of my questions. The office staff was also great to work with! Would highly recommend!
Brooke Sumner 12/09/2022
Randy Zielicke Avatar
Chuck stopped by and offered to do a roof inspection. After I confirmed that the company was local in Appleton, I allowed him to go on the roof. He confirmed we had hail damage and provided a report to what he found. The insurance adjuster could see it from the ladder before going on the roof.
Chuck was great to work with and always professional, and very friendly. He helped us with our insurance claim, pick the right color shingle and gave us some job addresses that had our shingle choices installed that we coud see what the roof looks like completed.
The team of roofers arrived before 7 a.m. and were here to get the job done. Our 3 bedroom house with a 2 car attached garage and our 2 car garage in the back yard was completed by 12:45 pm. 5 3/4 hours to complete the job and do all of the cleanup. The roofing team did an awesome job. They new roof is perfect.
Brookens Construction is good company and I would absolutely recommend them to family and friends!
Randy Zielicke 11/11/2022
John Nelson Avatar
Brookens Construction did a roof replacement for me in June of 2022 . I met Barry who did a lengthy inspection of my roof then showed me the damage,Barry met with the insurance adjuster and got this project scheduled. A job well done from Barry to Don the project manager and his hard working roofing crew. Everything was done with Quality workmanship and materials. I was very pleased how the roof replacement went and hired them to do the roof on my mothers house. Thanks to Brookens
John Nelson 8/29/2022
Bk Shuffle Avatar
Brian McGuire was the salesman who came to our house the day after a hail storm. He was awesome and provided a detailed pdf report. The install crew was great. Cameron, the Project Manager, was on-site for the duration of the work and then performed a detailed review and walk-through of the finished work. Cameron was a great communicator abs kept us informed. Lastly, Ashley Cox was an office contact as we had questions leading up to the actual days the work was performed. Her responsiveness to our email questions went way above expectations (emailed back once at 8am on a Sunday morning). The entire experience with Brookens was terrific and would highly recommend them.
Bk Shuffle 8/26/2022
Gary Keller Avatar
We initially met with Aaron and everyone we dealt with from that point on was very professional and timely. Tyler and Norman were amazing to work with, and I can’t say enough on how Norman’s crew did installing our new roof. They tore off and installed 50+ square of roofing on a complicated roof line in just under a full day because of rain in the early morning. Constant communications and follow up has been above and beyond what I typically see from businesses today.
I highly recommend Brookens construction.
Gary Keller 8/10/2022
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